Population by Race/Ethnicity
What does this measure?
The change in population of a geographic area broken down by racial and ethnic groups since 2000. The total numbers of people in each group are shown in the second table on the Data Tables tab.
Why is this important?
Population measures provide insight on the changing size and face of communities. Changes in the racial and ethnic composition of a community can indicate growing diversity, which can bring with it challenges and opportunities.
How is Ulster County performing?
Ulster County has become more diverse since 2000, though to a lesser degree than its neighboring counties. Between 2000 and 2015, all racial and ethnic minority groups experienced some growth while the white population decreased slightly. The greatest growth occurred in the Asian population, which increased 67%, followed by the Hispanic population with an increase of 66%. The African American population grew 20% over the same time period. Hispanics made up the largest minority group with 10% of the county population; the total county population remained about 88% white.
Notes about the data
The Census Bureau considers race and ethnicity to be separate identities, and asks respondents to identify whether they are of Hispanic or Latino origin separately from their race. Thus, in addition to their race or races, all respondents are categorized as Hispanic or not Hispanic.